A crew member who is serving on a ship or aircraft in the United States needs a crew visa. Crew members generally need a combination transit/crew visa (C-1/D) who transit though the United States or its waters. Though, in some cases, individuals may only need the D Visa (D1 and D2 visa).
Crew members who are working aboard vessels within the Outer Continental Shelf might be eligible for a modified B-1 visa in lieu of a crew visa.
Crew members wishing for an entry in the United States through time-off between flights or cruises are eligible to apply for a B-1/B-2 visa to use during these personal/vacation days. Visa applicants applying concurrently for both a C-1/D and a B-1/B-2 visa pay only one visa application government fee.
Mostly, a national of a foreign country who is willing to enter the United States must first get a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for short stay, or an immigrant visa for indefinite stay (permanent residence). The “D-visas” for the crewmember are nonimmigrant visas for individuals working on sea vessels or international airlines in the United States, offering services necessary for ordinary operation and planning to depart the United States on the same vessel or any other vessel in 29 days.Source: U.S. Department of State
To apply for a transit visa, you must show:
To apply for other C, D or C-1/D visas (D1 and D2 Visa), you must prove to a consular officer that:
To apply for a D1 and D2 visa, you must follow these following steps:
Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.
Pay the visa application fee.
Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. You must bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your DS-160 confirmation page, one photograph taken within the last six months, your current and all old passports, and the original visa fee payment receipt. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.Source: U.S. Department of State
To apply for a transit or crew member visa, you must submit the following:
In addition to these items, you must present an interview appointment letter confirming that you booked an appointment through this service. You may also bring whatever supporting documents you believe support the information provided to the consular officer.Source: U.S. Department of State
The application fee for applying for D1 and D2 visa starts from $160.Source: U.S. Department of State